The contest was open to all middle and high school students in Mesa County, and the topic was the importance of separation of church and state to our country, and our democracy:
Click here to read the winning essay from a middle school student (pdf). The winner is from Redlands Middle School and got a cash award of $250.
Click here to read the winning essay from a high school student (pdf). The winner is a student at Fruita Monument High School and got a cash award of $500.
What is WCAF?
Do you enjoy the socializing you get from church, but think what the church tells you doesn’t really make sense?
A lot of us started out just like you, silently questioning the religious myths and ideas church fed us throughout our childhood that just never really made sense, or that didn’t always seem right or fair.
It’s not your imagination.
Most religious teachings, rituals and dogma just don’t make sense when you really think about them.
It’s better to come to logical conclusions based on verifiable facts than to base conclusions on lore, mythology and sheer faith, and that’s where we come in.
We are Western Colorado Atheists and Freethinkers, western Colorado’s first openly secular advocacy and community group.
Our History and Mission:
Western Colorado Atheists and Freethinkers (WCAF) was created in February, 2007 in Grand Junction, Colorado, to add a long-missing secular voice to the community dialogue in western Colorado. Our goals are:
1) To inform and educate the public in Western Colorado about atheism,
2) To promote atheism through appropriate public and community activities,
3) To actively preserve and promote the wall of separation between church and state, and
4) To promote acceptance of atheism as a valid, rational belief system.
Meet Up with Other Atheists, Agnostics & Freethinkers
WCAF provides western Colorado atheists, agnostics, freethinkers and humanists a way to connect with each other, enjoy social activities, share information, develop new friendships and enjoy freethinking conversation. We are a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit group with the IRS and a registered charity in good standing with the State of Colorado. All donations to WCAF are tax deductible. To donate, click here.
The public is welcome to attend our meetings to chat, ask questions or just listen in. One thing we guarantee is that WE will make sense, and will never try to convince you of anything by using mythology, or demand that you believe in anything that can’t be proven with verifiable facts!
WCAF meets regularly on the first Sunday of the month at 3:00 p.m. at the Coffee Trader, at 7th and Patterson, in the Board Room. Everyone is welcome. In the event of a holiday weekend, we may delay the meeting one week, or occasionally we may meet at a different location to mix it up. Call (970) 216-9842 to confirm meeting dates and times.
Montroses Freethinkers mets on the first Sunday of the month at 9:30 a.m. at the Montrose Events Center, 648 S. 1st Street, Montrose. Please call Ron at (970) 708-8333 to check on the date, time and location of their meetings prior to attending.
Check out our new WCAF Student Brochure for middle school kids: WCAF MS Brochure-D51-Revised2